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New Texas School Assessment law takes effect, others pending federal approval
EL PASO, Texas -
The number of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests is reduced from 15 to five by a new law, which takes effect this school year.
Students must pass these tests to graduate high school.
"It's better for the kids. They don't have to worry much 'I have a test. I have a test,'" Tasha Riley, parent of an EPISD student, said.
"It feels great we don't have to take as many tests," Eastlake High School student Devon Riley said.
The President of El Paso's Teacher Assocation agrees.
"It got to the point where teachers were teaching the test. And if anyone says different they are lying," Norma De La Rose of the EPTA said.
It's easy to see why De La Rose believes that.
Texas, by 2011, had the most standardized test of any state at 15 in total.
This new bill reduces the quantity of STARR tests, which now ask questions on algebra I, English I, English II, biology and U.S. history.
The hope for parents, teachers and lawmakers is to allow students to concentrate more on what's being taught in the classroom that focusing what will be asked on a test.